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Schneider wants assurances he’s No. 1 in New Jersey

Jun 6, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

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To say Cory Schneider has waited patiently to become a full-time NHL starter would be an understatement. Now 28 years old, and with the ability to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, it doesn’t sound like he’s willing to go through another goalie soap opera, like the one he endured in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo, or the one he was traded into when he was dealt last summer to New Jersey, where Devils legend Martin Brodeur was still employed.

Per The Star-Ledger, Schneider wants assurances that he’s the undisputed No. 1 before he signs a contract extension with the Devils.

“It’s a discussion about if they want me to be the guy going forward, we have to figure out that part of it,” Schneider told the paper.

“I’m probably 50 or 75 games short of where I would have liked to be as far as career games-played. That’s a result of splitting the time in goal in Vancouver as well as last year. I was hoping to step into that (No. 1 role) maybe a little earlier.”

Among active goalies with at least 100 NHL starts, only Boston’s Tuukka Rask has a higher career save percentage (.928) than Schneider (.925).

Back in April, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that getting Schneider signed to an extension was “right on the top of” of his to-do list.

Brodeur is a pending UFA. The 42-year-old has said he’s ready to test free agency if the Devils don’t want him back.

  1. nobandwagoners - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Schneids would be welcome with open arms back in Vancouver as the #1. Just sweep everything that’s gone on under the rug (it’d have to be a pretty big rug).

    • bigtganks - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I was gonna say the same thing. Bring him back Benning. Hopefully Brodeur sticks around another year and NJ bungles this.

    • skr213 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      I wouldn’t blame him if he would rather egg the Vancouver city hall before he would return to play there.

  2. lateralous - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Marty needs to go ASAP. The 50/50 split of games and all the drama that came with it from the guy who should have been the backup can’t happen again or else Lou needs to go as well.

    • notan9ner - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      who needs to go?

  3. jessl83 - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I can’t see any reason why the Devils wouldn’t give him the #1 spot. If they don’t they’re making a huge mistake.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Tough call. But Schneider isn’t as great as you thought. He’s good, but still seems to need a boatload of work to do.

  5. downwithbettman - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I think Schneider is the number one starter but he has have to know that he just can’t come to New Jersey and battle with the greatest goaltender of all time and expect just to take the number one spot away from him, it doesn’t work that way.

    • hrudey - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Why would he battle Colorado’s coach in New Jersey?

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM


      • downwithbettman - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        I didn’t realize Marty became the new coach for the Avs

      • 950003cups - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        They fired Roy already?

  6. Mr. No Days Off - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I’m tired of these Marty apologists who think that as long as he wants to play he should be the number 1 goalie. He has said throughout his career that helping the Devils win has been most important. Well, when it was time to put up or shut up, he whined like a baby about his playing time. Schneider was better than Marty last year and is the better option going forward. Assure Schneider that he will be the number 1 and sign a top 10 goalie for the next 5 years.

    • 950003cups - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      If you recall, Marty didn’t whine, he won. That’s how things got bad. If Schneider didn’t faulter, there’s no issue. This team started 0-7 for the season. Cory had to sit.

  7. dueman - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Why would he need assurances that he’s the #1? Why not just go out and play like a number 1, and don’t give them a choice…isn’t that what every other #1 goalie out there does?

    • lateralous - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Schneider did and still had to split starts. Hence they shouldn’t bring MB42 back. Marty got way more starts than his current performance level would dictate based on what he did for the franchise the previous two decades. Time to cut the cord now that he’s shown he can’t go out gracefully

  8. djshnooks - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    “Greatest goaltender of all-time?”

    Dominik Hasek signed with the Devils?!?!?

    He is the best goalie the world’s ever seen…it’s comical people think otherwise.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      389 wins qualifies him as GOAT? What kind of water do you drink in whatever dumptown you live in?

      • 950003cups - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:42 PM


      • thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Greatest Of All Time.

      • 950003cups - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Lol. Never heard that one before.

  9. thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Greatest Of All Time.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Lol, reply fail.

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